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Evening meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the following months at 7:00 p.m.:
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September and October.  An annual conference is held during the daytime on a Saturday in November.

Meetings are held at the Mundelein Park district, 1401 N. Midlothian, Mundelein, IL in the first building just northeast of the library.  The annual conference in November is held at another location. 

Everyone is welcome!

Date Program Speaker

10 Jan 2017

You, Too, Can Read Old Handwriting

Maureen Brady
14 Feb 2017

Finding Grandmother’s European Ancestors -
Germany and others

Steve Szabados
14 Mar 2017

"I” is for Identity Crisis

Dan Hubbard, Phd.
11 April 2017

It's Not All Online:
Chicago Repositories and What They Have

Ginger Frere, MLS, MBA
9 May 2017

The Underground Railroad in Lake County: Myths and Facts

Nancy Schumm
13 Jun 2017

Hunting for Henry:  A Case Study Solved Using Collaterals

Teresa Steincamp McMillin, CGsm
11 July 2017

World War I Music

Andrew Bullen, MS-LIS
8 Aug 2017 Past Conflict Repatriation: The Role of Genealogists and Methodology in Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CGsm
12 Sep 2017 Debra Dudek, MS-LIS
10 Oct 2017

Baseball and the Civil War

Bruce S. Allardice
11 Nov 2017

25th Annual Genealogical Workshop

The Rank and File: Seeking Our Military Ancestors

John Philip Colletta &
Michelle Bray-Wilson

Program Description

January 12, 2016:  You, Too, Can Read Old Handwriting  - Maureen Brady

While today’s family records are most often printed or computer generated, records of the past were handwritten.  As handwriting styles have changed over time, and also differ from region to region, reading these records can be a challenge.  This presentation will offer ideas for “breaking through” the handwriting barrier, including online and printed resources.

Maureen Brady is a former school librarian and computer educator. She has over 35 years experience with family history research, is a professional genealogist, and owner of Bare Roots Genealogical Services. Maureen has made numerous presentations to Illinois and Wisconsin genealogical societies, libraries, conferences, and workshops. Ms. Brady is co-director of the Crystal Lake (Illinois) Family History Center and is a member of many genealogical and family history societies in the U.S. and Scotland.

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February 14, 2017:   Finding Grandmother’s European Ancestors: Germany and others - Steve Szabados

Finding European ancestors is a challenge but this program covers a method that tries to simplify this daunting search. The program will focus on German resources but will also include other countries where the author has done extensive research for records in Poland, Hungary, and Czech Republic. The program covers tips to find where your ancestors left, where to find the European records and gives tips on translating most records. He has also been successful researching for Jewish, Scandinavian, Irish, Scottish and English records.

Steve Szabados is a genealogy lecturer and author. He has traced ancestors back to 1600s New England and 1730’s in Poland, Germany, Bohemia and Slovenia. His goal is to share his passion for Family History and has given numerous presentations to genealogical groups and libraries in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Illinois and has a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. He is a member for the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists, Illinois State Genealogical Society, and member of for the Polish Genealogical Society of America. He is also a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Illinois Library. Steve is the author of eleven books on genealogy and is the genealogy columnist for the Polish American Journal.

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March 14, 2017:  "I” is for Identity Crisis - Dan Hubbard, Phd.

We think of identity as something fixed and simple, but as we try to reconstruct the identities of long gone people we need to realize that identity is a much slipperier concept. The things we use to define a person’s identity can change during that person’s lifetime. There are also questions of how a person self-identifies, the motivations they can have for changing how they self-identify, and how those changes affect the records they leave behind. 

 Dr. Daniel Hubbard has been seriously researching his family history since he was 11 years old. He is a former particle physicist who lived in France and Sweden for 20 years before returning to Libertyville with his family. He is now a full-time professional genealogist, book designer and writer. He is the owner of Personal Past ( with research concentrating on American, Canadian and Swedish records. He is President of the Lake County Genealogical Society and a member of the Nordic Family Genealogy Advisory Board at the Swedish-American Museum in Chicago.

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April 11, 2017:  It's Not All Online: Chicago Repositories and What They Have - Ginger Frere

Good genealogical research means we must do “reasonably exhaustive” searches for information about our ancestors, going beyond the data we find online. In this session, we will discuss the importance of using non-digitized materials, learn about the holdings of various Chicago-area repositories, and get acquainted ArchiveGrid and Explore Chicago Collections, two online resources that will aid in finding records relevant to one’s research.

Ginger Frere, MLIS, MBA, is a professional researcher who provides a variety of research services to authors, professional historians, film makers and individuals interested in genealogy. Her primary research interests include Chicago history and the creation of online tools for genealogists. She was one of the driving forces behind the development of In addition to researching, Ginger is a frequent speaker in the Chicago-land area and a regular instructor in Chicago’s Newberry Library Adult Education seminar program. She is also a Newberry Scholar-in-Residence.

May 9, 2017:  The Underground Railroad in Lake County: Myths and Facts - Nancy Schummb

This program summarizes a project Nancy Schumm has been working on for over three years to trace the path, mythology, facts and families involved in the Underground Railroad in Northeastern Illinois, and particularly Lake County.

Nancy Schumm is the award-winning author of five books on regional history and has written numerous articles for magazines and news media. As a self-professed history geek, Nancy has been lecturing and presenting professional papers on historic topics nationally and internationally since 1997 including two programs on historic studies for the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership in Manassas, Virginia. Schumm has been featured in four national videos on Midwestern history and interviews on Wisconsin Public Radionand WGN news. She is featured in the newly released documentary by Fourth Wall Films entitled, The Barn Builders.

Schumm Consulting LLC conducts property studies for owners of historic properties, writes family histories, produces family legacy videos and recently completed a study on the history of the landscapes for the University of Chicago.

Schumm is the president of the Ela Historical Society and serves as an advisory member of the Wisconsin Barn Preservation Association to protect the rural heritage of Wisconsin. She also works with Landmarks Illinois to network on activities that promote our heritage in Northeastern Illinois.

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June 13, 2017:  Hunting for Henry:  A Case Study Solved Using Collaterals - Teresa Steincamp McMillin, CGsm

Henry Steren was a German immigrant who lived in Quincy, Illinois. Resources available about him only indicate that he was from the Province of Hanover in Germany. This lecture will walk through the process of identifying his town of origin and his parents.

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin is a Certified Genealogistsm who specializes in German-American and Midwest research, as well as reading German script. She has been interested in genealogy since she was a child and has actively researched her German ancestry, as well as her husband's Chicago Irish roots. She presents quality genealogy lectures for local and national organizations. She has attended the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and has taken college-level German courses. Teresa was the 2007 recipient of the National Genealogical Society's Home Study Course, which she has completed. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, as well as many local genealogical societies. She is the co-president for the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists.

July 11, 2017:  World War I Music - Andrew Bullen, MS-LIS

World War One has been called the most musical of all wars. In a joint Pritzker Military Museum and Library and Illinois State Library project, Andrew Bullen has converted scanned musical scores from Pritzker's collection to playable files using optical musical recognition software. The process produces an MP3 file that can be played over the Internet bringing the music of the First World War to life. In many instances, this is the first time that these tunes have been heard in a century. He also compares/contrasts the British and American experiences of the important year of 1916 through contemporary sheet music-in the case of the U.S., the Punitive Raid on Mexico, reaction to Edith Cavell's shooting, opposition to America's involvement, and the Preparedness Movement/Plattsburg Movement with Britain's Battle of the Somme, the appearance of the tank, the battle of Jutland, and the British Shell Crisis.

Andrew Bullen has a AB in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and an MS-LIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently the Information Technology Coordinator for the Illinois State Library. He has a great deal of experience with digital humanities projects, and has worked with the Pullman State Historic Site to bring the images and archives of his neighborhood in Chicago, Pullman, to life. He is part of the team that has developed the Illinois Digital Archives, a statewide CONTENTdm-based repository of image collections, and the Electronic Documents of Illinois, a custom data management system for born-digital state documents.

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August 8, 2017:  Past Conflict Repatriation: The Role of Genealogists and Methodology in Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise - Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CGsm

Learn about the repatriation program and the techniques genealogists use to locate family members and DNA reference samples for missing service members from past conflicts.

As a case manager for the American History Company: Department of the Army and Department of the Air Force Repatriation contract, (2004–present), Jeanne works on identifying family members that can provide Family Reference Samples (mtDNA, Y-DNA, and autosomal DNA) to aid in the possible identification of unaccounted for soldiers from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War and to determine the Primary Next of Kin and the Secondary Next of Kin of the servicemen. As of 2017, she has worked on about 400 cases with a success rate of over 95 percent.

September 12, 2017:  Sorting Through Sordid Southern Divorce Records 1700-1860 - Debra Dudek, MS-LIS

The practice of divorce in the southern United States can vary by location and time period.  Get an overview of divorce laws and practices from 1780s-1860s.

Debra M. Dudek is Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL. Ms. Dudek specializes in British genealogy and technology topics. She has a second masters degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

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October 10, 2017:  Baseball and the Civil War - Bruce S. Allardice

Baseball was labeled the "national pastime" even before Fort Sumter. Civil War soldiers spent more time playing baseball than they did fighting battles. Professor Allardice takes a sometimes serious, sometimes humorous look at the "National Pastime" and how it was played during the war. He'll show that the war destroyed most existing baseball teams, but also helped to spread the game across the nation.
A former Board Member of the Illinois State Historical Society, Prof. Allardice has presented numerous lectures and presentations on the Civil War and genealogy for Civil War Round Tables, museums, and civic organizations. He is the recipient of the CWRT of Chicago's prestigious Nevins-Freeman Award for distinguished service in Civil War Scholarship and the CWRT movement. 

An avid sports historian, Prof. Allardice currently heads up the "Civil War Baseball" subcommittee for the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) and is a member of SABR's Biography Committee, specializing in researching the lives of 19th Century ballplayers. 

Prof. Allardice  is Adjunct Professor at South Suburban College and Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois and the author of More Generals in Gray and coauthor of Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables.  He is past president of the Northern Illinois Civil War Round Table, and past President of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago. Prof. Allardice has authored or coauthored six books and numerous articles, on the Civil War.  He is a graduate of the University of Illinois.

November 11, 2017:  25th Annual Genealogical Workshop

The Rank and File: Seeking Our Military Ancestors

Presenters: John Philip Colletta and Michelle Bray-Wilson

Workshop Program - Printable program brochure/registration form Map of Workshop.
The brochure is legal size (8½" x 14".)  To print it on letter-size paper (8½" x 11"), make sure the page orientation is set to Landscape in Adobe Acrobat, then select either Fit or Shrink Oversized Pages.

8:00 a.m.

Registration and browsing. Coffee and doughnuts will be available for purchase.

9:00 a.m.

Passenger Arrival Records, Colonial Times to Mid-20th Century

John Philip Colletta

10:30 a.m.

2A -  U.S. Military Pension and Bounty Land Records,
         1776-ca. 1916

John Philip Colletta

2B -  O Canada! A Model for Genealogists

Michelle Bray Wilson

1:00 p.m.

3A -  U.S. Military Service Records, 1775-ca. 1916

John Philip Colletta

3B -  ‘C G A T’ - Four Little Letters: Understanding DNA

Michelle Bray Wilson

2:30 p.m.

4A -  Only a Few Bones: Case Studies in Assembling Sources   to Reconstruct Real-Life Events

John Philip Colletta


4B    After You Swab: Getting the Most From Your DNA Test

Michelle Bray Wilson

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Updated: October 26, 2017